WellShare’s experience in designing and implementing large-scale, sustainable community-based programs spans 40 years. Founded in 1979 as Minnesota International Health Volunteers (MIHV), WellShare began its fieldwork in post-war Vietnam refugee camps in Thailand, where Minnesotan doctors provided much-needed health care to an estimated 80,000 refugees. Soon, medical residents studying international health care joined the cause.
Over the years, as its mission and impact expanded, WellShare shifted its focus from crisis intervention to primary health care of women and children. Today, WellShare has programs in Uganda, Tanzania, and the United States. Some highlights include: our education of more than 4,000 community health workers in seven countries and our implementation of eight US-funded child survival projects in Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Tanzania.
Our goals are to develop and execute programs with significant health impact for people in diverse communities. We will continue to support existing programs, such as the Youth Achievers Program, Family Home Visiting, and SPEAK (Spacing Pregnancies for East African and Karen communities), and also to launch new programs that address relevant issues, such as Science Cafes.
We aim to strengthen strategic partnerships within the communities we serve, as well as with the public sector and other allied organizations. Lastly, it is our goal to maintain operational excellence and ensure that our resources are used to achieve the greatest possible impact. We approach this through effective communication both internally and externally, continuous evaluation of our programs, and governance that is mission-oriented and emphasizes diverse representation.
Annual budget:$1.55 million – Foundations, Individual Contributions, Government Grants or Contracts
WellShare International is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:
- Board Governance
- Financial Management
- Strategic and Business Planning
We are seeking a board member with the skills to serve as a Treasurer.
- Number of members currently: 8
- Meeting time and frequency: 5 meetings annually
- Meeting location: Minneapolis
- Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
- Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
- Service on Committee Required: Yes
- Length of Term: 3 Years
- Renewable: Yes
- Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes